Lettsome claims its 10th ESHS title by ending Flemming’s 3-peat quest

Carlisle’s Shyra Stoutt holds off Lettsome’s Tamri Thomas, on the anchor leg of the 4x200m Relay

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Lettsome, House 1, prevented defending champions Flemming, House 3, from attaining their historic third 3-peat victory since their first between 2002-2004, during Thursday’s Elmore Stoutt High School Inter-house Track and Field Championships, with a resounding 44 points victory at the A. O. Shirley Grounds. It was Lettsome’s 10th overall title.

Lettsome amassed 330 points to win the one-day version of the 49th edition of the championships that’s traditionally held over two days. Flemming fended off hard charging Carlisle, House 4, by a mere four points—286-282 for second. O’Neal, House 2, rounded out the competition with 226 points.

Carlisle’s Jaleel Croal—who shared the Victor Ludorum with teammate Jahshani Farrington and O’Neal’s Khybah Dawson with 20 points respectively—became just the second school boy to win three successive Victor Ludorums since Carlisle Scott introduced interhouse competition at the Virgin Islands Secondary School in 1957. Croal joined Al Potter who pulled off the feat 2001-2003 for Lincoln—which was renamed O’Neal. Lettsome’s A’Keela McMaster, repeated as Victrix Ludorum.

In an exclusive interview, Lettsome’s House Master Kamira Forbes, told Island Sun Sports that she couldn’t even put the victory into words.

“Last year we fell down, but decided we were not comfortable in second place. We came all the way from last, last year and said ‘no, we don’t like second place, we want first place this year,” she pointed out. “I have to give a shou-tout to all my athletes. They are always willing to assist, even those who aren’t athletes. Once you call, they normally come out and give it their all. They felt that they could do it. They said ‘Miss Forbes, we are capable. We can get back to No 1, that’s where we need to be. We’re House 1, we can get back to being No 1.’”

Fobes said it was a special moment for her team, especially the way they dethroned defending champions Flemming. “I was awesome, more than anything else,” she said. “We were just thinking House 3 can’t beat us, not at all.”

Forbes said some of their Senior athletes and others take the lead. She noted that they always get the younger athletes motivated and let them know Lettsome is the best house, no matter what and they’re No 1.

Among notable performances, Croal won the 100/200m double in 10.80 seconds and 22.19 to shake off Lettsome’s Malik John’s, 22.26. Dawson became one of the few school boys to run the 400m under 49.00 seconds in the championships, when he stopped the clock at 48.94 seconds, after settling for 6.86m in the Long Jump.

The 1500m was the day’s most exciting individual race. Farrington out-sprinted Lettsome’s Jelani Croal in a photo finish, 5:03.96-5:03.97. Farrington had an unchallenged 800m victory in 2:12.20.  

Division Champs. 13& Under Girls: Shrya Stoutt, Carlisle, 18 points. Boys: Latriel Williams, Flemming, 18. 15 & Under Girls: A’Sia McMaster, Lettsome, 16. Boys: Jabari Pemberton, Lettsome, 18. 17 & Under Girls: A’Keela McMaster, Lettsome, 10. Boys: Rashawn Jack, Flemming, 16.18+ Girls: Abriel McGlore, Flemming, 10. Boys: Jaleel Croal, Carlisle, 20. Open Girls: Alisha Hayde, Flemming, 20, A’Keela McMaster, Lettsome, 20. Boys: Khybah Dawson, O’Neal, 20 and Jahshani Farrington, Carlisle, 20. 

Edwards, Gumbs earn Jr. College All American honors

Cloud County Community College Freshman Tashira Edwards and New Mexico Jr. College Sophomore Diamante Gumbs, earned National Jr. Colleges Indoor Championships All American honors after placing sixth in the 600m and Weight Throw events respectively. Edwards had a time of 1 minute 41.06 seconds in the final, after running 1:37.37 in the prelims. Gumbs had a personal best throw of 16.59m (54’5¼”) in the Weight Throw and placed 13th in the Shot Put with a heave of 14.74m (48’4¼”). Twin brother Djimon had foul troubles in the Shot Put and didn’t record a measurement.

Adaejah Hodge climbs Long Jump/100m lists

Soon to be 15-year old Adaejah Hodge recorded Long Jump and 100m personal bests in the Rome Invitational in Rome, Georgia on Saturday, en route to winning all three events including the 200m. Hodge cut the sand at 5.94m (19’5¼”), the No 4 mark on the BVI All Time List. She then won the 100m to become the 10th BVI female to cover the century in under 12.00 seconds, when she stopped the clock in 11.86 seconds, the BVI’s No 9 All Time List performance. She ended the competition with a 24.55 seconds victory, in the 200m.